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2020 BMW X3 M vs. 2021 BMW X5 Review

New 2020 BMW X3 M

2020 BMW
X3 M

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New 2021 BMW X5

2021 BMW
X5

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MSRP*
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$69,900 to $76,900
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$59,400 to $82,800
Invoice* $65,505 to $72,015 $55,740 to $77,505
MPG - City 14 16 - 21
MPG - Hwy 19 22 - 26
Engine(s) Inline-6 Inline-6, V-8
Seating Capacity 5 5 - 7
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested ****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested ****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The BMW X3 M offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the BMW X5, with comparable head- and legroom. The BMW X3 M offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the BMW X5, making it a little more comfortable for the driver and front passenger.

Convenience
With the BMW X5, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the BMW X3 M, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The BMW X3 M is somewhat more expensive than the BMW X5. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the BMW X3 M and the BMW X5 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the BMW X3 M is much slimmer than the BMW X5, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The BMW X3 M is slightly shorter than the BMW X5, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the BMW X3 M does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels than the BMW X5.

Handling
The BMW X3 M has the same turning radius as the BMW X5, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the BMW X3 M greatly out-muscles the BMW X5.

Utility
The BMW X3 M has less seating than the BMW X5, making the BMW X5 the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The BMW X3 M has less cargo space than the BMW X5, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The BMW X3 M comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the BMW X5.